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Ex Machina, the directorial debut from The Beach writer Alex Garland, was the main winner at the British Independent Film Awards, held in London on Sunday evening.
The sci-fi thriller, which became a sleeper hit in the U.S. following its release in April, won four awards, including best British independent film, best director and best screenplay, alongside outstanding achievement in craft.
Elsewhere on the night, Oscar-tipped Saoirse Ronan won the best actress award for her performance in Brooklyn, while BIFA-favorite Tom Hardy won for his turn as both Ronnie and Reggie Kray in gangster biopic Legend, one of the year’s most successful British films.
Winning her third BIFA, Olivia Colman took the best supporting actress gong for The Lobster, which went into the awards with the most nominations. Brendan Gleeson made it two years in a row, following up the best actor in 2014 for Calvary with a best supporting actor nod for Suffragette.
Arguably the biggest shock of the night came in the documentary section, where Amy — which last week made it to the Academy’s shortlist — lost out to Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance, Louise Osmond’s story of a group of Welsh villagers who decide to breed a racehorse.
Another Oscar frontrunner, Room, was named best international independent film, with its young star, Jacob Tremblay, on hand to collect the award.
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